I wonder how a technology like Skype would have changed that first online collaborative experience? I have had the opportunity to use Skype with other classes and projects and it works very well. It has many benefits: it is free, it supports, audio/video one-to-one calling, conference calling (audio only), IM (instant messaging) and text chat. In my experience it has been a great collaborative tool providing a cost-effective, stable means of communication. It is very similar to the telephone conference call except it is online. This has the added benefit of being able to work on documents while collaborating with group members making a more efficient use of time.